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War Crimes Evidence Studied

A four-member team from the Amsterdam public prosecutor’s office returned here Friday from a three-week visit to Eastern Europe to observe evidence in connection with the war crimes trial of Pieter Menten. The group attended the opening of a mass grave near Uryce village south of Lwow where Menten allegedly participated in the murders of more than 100 Jewish men, women and children on August 27, 1941. The remains were exhumed and reburied.

The same group visited Podhorodze village last February where another mass grave of Nazi victims allegedly killed by Menten was opened. According to the charges, the Podhorodze crimes were commifled on July 7, 1941. Menten, 78, a millionaire Dutch art dealer, served in a Nazi SS unit in the Lemberg region of Poland in 1941. The region is now part of the Soviet Union.